Balsamic Chicken Breast

By Rena |

Whether you grill or bake this Balsamic Chicken recipe, it will come out juicy and packed with flavor! Coated in a simple and mouthwatering balsamic marinade, this easy chicken recipe is perfect for a stress-free weeknight meal.

Balsamic chicken with a side of green salad on a dish
This is truly the easiest, juiciest, and most delicious chicken breast recipe! The homemade marinade is packed with flavor and helps lock in the juices. Serve this Balsamic Chicken with your favorite salad, steamed veggies, pasta, quinoa – whatever takes your fancy!
If you’re looking for more easy and delicious chicken recipes, why not also try my Easy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Bowl or my Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken!

why you’ll love this easy Healthy chicken recipe

  • An easy and delicious homemade marinade. This deep, rich, and flavor-packed balsamic marinade mixes, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar garlic, and herbs to coat your chicken in pure deliciousness!
  • The juiciest chicken breasts. The marinade also helps lock in all those lovely juices, serving up tender chicken every time.
  • Versatile. You can bake or grill them, you can serve them up with all your favorite sides, it’s a versatile chicken recipe that’ll come in handy for those hectic weeknights.
  • Healthy. Protein-packed chicken covered in a light and low sodium marinade – this is delicious and healthy.
  • Easy! The marinade is a breeze to whip up, this can go from pantry to table in less than 30 mins.

top view of sliced chicken with a side of salad

ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Breasts: Skinless and boneless.
  • Marinade: Olive oil, low sodium soy, balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

 

ingredients for Balsamic Chicken Breast

how to make this balsamic chicken

  • Marinade the chicken – Place all the marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag, then add the chicken. Allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least 15 mins.
  • To Bake – Gently flatten the chicken with a meat mallet, place on a baking dish and bake for 35 mins.
  • To Grill –  Add chicken breast onto the preheated grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

marinating chicken in a ziplock bag

cooking chicken on a grill

recipe notes and tips

  • Use a preheated oven or grill.
  • Line your dish or sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. This makes clean up much easier!
  • If baking, why throw in some of your favorite veggies on a sheet pan, for an easy one sheet meal.
  • If flattening your chicken breast, do it gently to ensure the chicken doesn’t smash. Make sure to cover in plastic wrap, this means the chicken won’t stick to the mallet.
  • You can use a meat thermometer to check if the chicken is done  – it should register 165F.
  • Serve with your favorite sides – keep it light with salads or go heartier with rice/potatoes – whatever you like really!

 

pouring sauce on chicken

faq’s

how do you know when chicken is done?

You know when your chicken is ready when there is no pink inside and the juices run clear. The best way to check and see if the chicken is done is to invest in a meat thermometer, so worth it! Just insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast, the chicken is ready when the thermometer reads at least 165 degrees F.

what to serve with balsamic chicken breast

This easy chicken recipe plays well with a whole host of sides. Here are some ideas:

what’s the best balsamic vinegar to use?

We are cooking with the balsamic vinegar in this recipe, rather than using it as a drizzle. Therefore a basic grocery store aged balsamic vinegar is all you want to use. These are different than the traditional and authentic balsamic vinegar from Italy, which are can be expensive!

sliced balsamic chicken on plate

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side view of chicken with a side of balsamic salad

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Balsamic Chicken Breast

Juicy and tender chicken breast marinated in a tangy balsamic marinade and baked to perfection.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinate: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Place chicken breast in a Ziploc bag. Add in olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Seal the bag and gently press the marinade around the chicken to combine and evenly coat the chicken.
  • Refrigerate and let marinate for at least 15 minutes.

For Baking:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F and grease a baking dish with some oil.
  • Gently pound the chicken breast with the flat side of a meat mallet to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Place the chicken breast into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reads 165F.

For Grilling:

  • Preheat the grill for 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken breast onto the preheated grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reads 165F.

Notes

  • Use a preheated oven or grill.
  • Line your dish or sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. This makes clean up much easier!
  • If baking, why not throw in some of your favorite veggies on a sheet pan, for an easy one sheet meal.
  • If flattening your chicken breast, do it gently to ensure the chicken doesn't smash. Make sure to cover in plastic wrap, this means the chicken won't stick to the mallet.
  • You can use a meat thermometer to check if the chicken is done  - it should register 165F.
  • Serve with your favorite sides - keep it light with salads or go heartier with rice/potatoes - whatever you like really!

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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